Baitulmaal https://baitulmaal.org Respond / Sustain / Thrive Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:01:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://baitulmaal.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-bulmfav-32x32.png Baitulmaal https://baitulmaal.org 32 32 $4M Emergency Medical Aid Shipment Sent to Yemen https://baitulmaal.org/4m-emergency-medical-aid-shipment-sent-to-yemen/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:01:10 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=87400

YEMEN, October 22, 2020 – Earlier this month, Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, sent a $4 million shipment of 10 medical supply containers to Yemen to bolster its strained health sector ahead of the winter season.

This round of humanitarian aid will provide 400 pallets of life-saving medical supplies that will be distributed across 65 medical facilities in Yemen to support a health system which is suffering from the lack of facilities equipped with medications and supplies.

According to the charity’s representatives, access to healthcare is nearly nonexistent for displaced Yemenis.

“Many Yemenis have to walk miles while sick to access medical care in facilities that are already operating with threadbare resources,” said Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager for Baitulmaal. “These supplies will be a life-saver for many families this winter.”

As part of ongoing emergency relief efforts in Yemen, Baitulmaal’s COVID-19 response measures included providing clean water and hygiene kits in addition to conducting awareness and educational sessions for the prevention of COVID-19.

The United Nations considers Yemen to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 17.9 million people do not have access to basic healthcare in Yemen. Earlier this year, severe flooding exacerbated the health crisis in Yemen, fueling widespread outbreaks of deadly diseases such as cholera, dengue, malaria, and diphtheria. The coronavirus pandemic is further devastating a compromised population which is hungry, destitute, and vulnerable to illness.

Since 2018, Baitulmaal has sent over $5.6 million in aid that provided meals, antibiotics, medical supplies, and hygiene kits to Yemen. If you would like to learn more or to contribute to the emergency relief programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.

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Baitulmaal Responds to 2020 Monsoon Floods in Pakistan https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-responds-to-2020-monsoon-floods-in-pakistan/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 19:31:13 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=73782

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, September 1, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian organization, is currently providing emergency relief in Karachi and Sujawal, Pakistan, in response to record-level flooding.

Karachi has been hit with the worst torrential rains in 89 years. Villages in Sujawal that Baitulmaal donors have adopted for humanitarian assistance were also flooded. Water levels reaching as high as waist-deep have pushed people to flee to higher ground.

Baitulmaal field workers helped evacuate people in the Gulberg Town part of Karachi, and are providing hot meals, water, hygiene kits and food packages to flood survivors. In addition, Baitulmaal field workers are providing clean drinking water to affected areas in Karachi like Yousuf Goth and Abdullah Town. They are also using trucks to deliver food and supplies to people who were unable to evacuate.

Baitulmaal Programs Manager Elizabeth Sohail said that her team’s efforts will not end when the rain ends.

“We will continue distributing food and clean water over the next couple of weeks,” said Sohail. “We are evaluating the ongoing situation and will determine our next steps to prepare for continued rising water, expected illnesses from exposure to contaminated water and needed repairs in the villages.”

Sohail said that anyone interested in helping with the emergency aid efforts in Pakistan can donate online at baitulmaal.org/help4pakistan.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Corrections: In the original update, it was erroneously stated that Baitulmaal field workers evacuated the villages of Ranta and Jati when it should have stated that Baitulmaal field workers helped evacuate people in the Gulberg Town part of Karachi. The update also stated that Baitulmaal field workers used boats to reach flood survivors with food and supplies when it should have stated that they used trucks. While village evacuation and boats are part of Baitulmaal’s contingency planning, they have not yet been utilized. We apologize for the errors.

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$686,060 Emergency Aid Package to Lebanon https://baitulmaal.org/686060-emergency-aid-package-to-lebanon/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:40:46 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=67894

BEIRUT, August 20, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian organization, is currently providing emergency relief for 500 families in Lebanon in response to the August 4 explosion that killed at least 220 people, injured more than 5,000 and left and estimated 300,000 homeless.

The initial $70,000 emergency aid package provides hygiene kits, food and water, and financial assistance to help families in need as well as labor to help with clean-up efforts. An additional $29,000 of medications are also being distributed to address urgent medical needs of survivors.

So far, Baitulmaal has helped families in the areas of Al-Karantina, Al Marfaa, Qasqas, Aysha Bakkar, and Al- Bastah. The charity’s Program Manager Elizabeth Sohail said that her team is planning larger shipments of aid in the coming weeks that include $417,060 in medical supplies and $170,000 in medications.

“Thanks to our donors, we’re able to provide much-needed supplies and medical aid to those who urgently need it,” said Sohail. “We’re going to stick around in Lebanon because the need here is tremendous and they urgently need our help.”

Baitulmaal has dedicated $100,000 in emergency aid immediately after the explosion and is now following up with an additional $587,000 in aid packages. Sohail said people interested in being a part of this effort can contribute to the Baitulmaal Lebanon Emergency Relief fund at https://baitulmaal.org/help4lebanon.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Baitulmaal on the Ground in Lebanon Providing Assistance https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-on-the-ground-in-lebanon-providing-assistance/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:53:14 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=67310

BEIRUT, August 12, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian organization, is on the ground providing emergency aid to people affected by the August 4 explosion that killed at least 220 people, injured more than 5,000 and left and estimated 300,000 homeless.

In addition to emergency food and medicine, the 4-star charity is providing labor to help clear away wreckage left by the horrific explosion. Baitulmaal Program Manager Elizabeth Sohail said that her team has been continuously assessing the needs in Lebanon since the first hours after the explosion happened.

“We’re continuously communicating with our resources on the ground to see how Baitulmaal can fill in gaps in emergency aid,” said Sohail. “Right now we’re focusing on helping people survive the coming weeks, but we plan to stick around to help because this tragedy will likely affect people’s lives for months, if not years, to come.”

Baitulmaal has already dedicated $100,000 in emergency aid and will pledge more as donations continue to come in for their Lebanon Relief fund.

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its Lebanon Emergency Relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org/help4lebanon.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Explosion in Lebanon Leaves Injured Vulnerable https://baitulmaal.org/explosion-in-lebanon-leaves-injured-vulnerable/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:12:40 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=64370

Baitulmaal is providing emergency aid to people affected by the August 4 explosion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

BEIRUT, August 5, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, is mobilizing resources in Lebanon to provide emergency aid in response to the explosion yesterday that killed at least 100 people, injured more than 4,000 people, collapsed nearby buildings and shattered glass within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

According to CNN, Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hassan said injuries from the explosion are placing additional strain on the country’s healthcare system because “it has already been struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Baitulmaal representatives said they are sending medical aid and food assistance because the explosion is also worsening the already dire hunger problem in Lebanon.

“The destruction of the ports will prevent essential food and grain from being imported, and we’re getting reports of people unable to get money from their bank accounts,” said Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal. “We’re working with our resources on the ground to move food and medicine to people who urgently need it and will continue assessing additional needs as this crisis unfolds.”

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its Lebanon Emergency Relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org/help4lebanon.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Baitulmaal Delivers 125 Food Boxes in Chicago https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-delivers-125-food-boxes-in-chicago/ Sat, 25 Apr 2020 01:54:58 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=12348

CHICAGO, April 23, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, teamed up with the Islamic Community Center of Illinois and MAS Youth Chicago for a drive-through food pantry and delivered 125 food packages to more than 80 families impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through food pantry took place at 6425 W Belmont Avenue in Chicago on Thursday, April 23, 2020, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Local residents in need of food assistance drove through and received food box donations. Volunteers wore masks and gloves to protect beneficiaries as they drove through the line.

Baitulmaal Midwest Region Coordinator Saad Hassan said he hopes the food assistance helps people get through these difficult times.

“You can see on their faces that these boxes meant so much more than food,” said Hassan. “Each food package was a box of hope, a lifeline in a time when everyone feels they are drowning.”

Hassan said they packed 100 boxes but ran out one hour early. His group of volunteers put together an additional 25 boxes and distributed those before concluding the program.

Hassan’s organization raised more than $100,000 earlier this month to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to raise money so we can help more people,” Hassan continued. “We want to do more of these drive-through food pantries because they are urgently needed.”

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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100 Families Receive Food Assistance at Drive-Through Food Pantry in Loma Linda https://baitulmaal.org/100-families-receive-food-assistance-at-drive-through-food-pantry-in-loma-linda/ Sat, 18 Apr 2020 19:29:42 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=11919

LOMA LINDA, CALIFORNIA, April 18, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, teamed up with the Islamic Community Center of Redlands for a drive-through food pantry and delivered food packages to 100 families impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through food pantry took place at 24769 Redlands Blvd in Loma Linda, California, on Saturday, April 18, 2020, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Local residents in need of food assistance drove through and received food box donations. Volunteers wore masks and gloves to protect beneficiaries as they drove through the line.

Baitulmaal West Coast Coordinator Abdullah Azab said working with interfaith partners in the community was vital to getting the word out about the food pantry.

“We had a lot of help from volunteers from different faith communities,” said Azad. “It’s really beautiful to see people coming together, even as we all need to keep social distancing.”

Azad’s organization raised more than $100,000 earlier this month to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to raise money so we can help more people,” Azab continued. “It’s tough trying to get through this crisis, and it looks like it’s going to get harder before it gets better.”

For more information about COVID-19, please see the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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600 Families Receive Food Assistance in Anaheim https://baitulmaal.org/600-families-receive-food-assistance-in-anaheim/ Sat, 11 Apr 2020 19:15:30 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=11761

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, April 11, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, teamed up with Uplift Charity and West Coast Islamic Center for a drive-through food pantry and delivered food packages to more than 600 families impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through food pantry took place at 1717 South Brookhurst Street in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, April 11, 2020, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Local residents in need of food assistance drove through and received food box donations. Volunteers wore masks and gloves to protect beneficiaries as they drove through the line.

Baitulmaal West Coast Coordinator Abdullah Azab said they were overwhelmed with families passing through the line in their cars.

“I was worried we were going to cause traffic issues,” said Azab, who had publicized the drive-through food pantry the day before in surrounding neighborhoods. “Fortunately the Anaheim police department helped us out, really made things go smoothly.”

Azab said his organization raised more than $100,000 earlier this month to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to raise money so we can help more people,” Azab continued. “It’s tough trying to get through this crisis, and it looks like it’s going to get harder before it gets better.”

For more information about COVID-19, please see the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Dear Healthcare Professionals, Thank You! https://baitulmaal.org/dear-healthcare-professionals-thank-you/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:57:36 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=10379

Assalaamu alaikum,

Let’s take a moment and thank Allah (swt) for everything we have. Let’s take a moment to count our blessings, even though we will never be able to count them all. Let’s take a moment to cherish the mercy of Allah (swt), to remember Allah (swt) and to seek refuge in Allah (swt).

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, we should also remember to thank those on the front lines of this pandemic. Doctors, nurses, medical assistants and other healthcare professionals who put themselves at risk so they can save lives.

Life is so precious and saving a life is so noble that Allah (swt) says: “…and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)

Let’s count our healthcare professionals among our blessings. And let’s pray that Allah (swt) protects them and helps them treat those who are sick. We pray that Allah (swt) heals them all, ameen.

We are proud to have many doctors and other medical professionals as donors. On behalf of everyone at Baitulmaal, we thank you.

If you know a healthcare professional who is battling this pandemic, please be sure to call, email or text them to thank them for everything they are doing for us. Their efforts are serving us all.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

Thank you for your service to humanity during these difficult times. May Allah (swt) keep you safe, ameen.

May Allah (swt) keep us all safe. 

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director
Baitulmaal, Inc.
Respond / Sustain / Thrive

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Baitulmaal Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-launches-covid-19-emergency-relief-fund/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:23:19 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9842

COVID-19 IS HITTING THOSE WITH THE LEAST THE HARDEST

Assalaamu alaikum 

Healthcare officials and government authorities are advising people to stay home, restaurants to only offer take-out and delivery, theaters to close and public events to cancel. 

But there are many people who can’t afford to stay home, who can’t afford to not work. Many in America and around the world are getting sick and having to self-quarantine, which means they lose one, two or more paychecks. COVID-19 is hitting those with the least the hardest.  

Baitulmaal has started a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help people suffering during this pandemic. This includes your neighbors who can’t work but still need to make ends meet. This includes refugees who are suffering because aid deliveries are becoming more difficult. This includes immigrants who depend on hourly wages to feed their families. This includes the elderly who can’t leave their homes to get basic necessities like food, medicine and soap. 

Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:  

“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry.”  (al-Sunan al-Kubra 19049) 

In the spirit of our faith, we are asking you to give generously to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. So many people are in urgent need, and so many people can benefit from the assistance you provide during these difficult times.  

And let’s remember that giving charity is as much for ourselves as for others.  

Allah (swt) says in the Quran:  

But he has not broken through the difficult pass. And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass? It is the freeing of a slave, Or feeding on a day of severe hunger, An orphan of near relationship, Or a needy person in misery, And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion. Those are the companions of the right.
(Surah Al-Balad, Ayah 11-18) 

Can they count on you to give your most generous gift today? 

May Allah protect you and your family. May Allah heal those who are sick. May Allah protect us from poverty and calamity.  

Thank you for your generosity. May Allah continue to bless you and your loved ones.   

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director

P.S. Please act urgently because the need is urgent. 

Baitulmaal is a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to Baitulmaal are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible (IRS Tax ID: 20-0942434). 

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